Homes for Sale in Laurel Canyon
Laurel Canyon is a both a canyon and a neighborhood located in the Hollywood Hills. The area is best known as being a shortcut from the Westside to Studio City and for its place in history as the home to many famous musicians, especially during the height of rock n' roll during the 1960s and 1970s. The environment here is woodsy given all the trees and plant life. The vibe is laid-back yet one is not far from the action in the city below.
The area continues to appeal to residents with bohemian and artistic sensibilities, in part due to its history and because it is where home shoppers can find some of the most affordable real estate in the Hollywood Hills West area. Laurel Hills and Mt. Olympus subdivision located within Laurel Canyon.
Laurel Canyon Listings
Laurel Canyon Neighborhood
Since Laurel Canyon offers some small lots without a view, the neighborhood allows buyers to purchase homes in the Hollywood Hills at a much lower price point than neighboring areas. While this is true, the neighborhood is also home to numerous examples of modern architecture as well as properties with panoramic views.
The Laurel Canyon neighborhood is in the Hollywood Hills West area of Los Angeles and within the 90046 and 90069 zip codes. The neighborhood borders Sunset Plaza, Doheny Estates, the Trousdale Estates neighborhood of Beverly Hills, and Beverly Hills Post Office to the west; Mulholland Drive, Studio City, the Donas, and Woodrow Wilson Drive to the north; Mt. Olympus and Nichols Canyon to the west; and the Sunset Strip and West Hollywood to the south.
Development in Laurel Canyon began as mountain resorts and hunting lodges built on subdivided lots. An electric trolley serviced the area and went as far as the base of Lookout Mountain Road. From there, travel was made by foot or mule to the rustic cabins beyond.
Notable Laurel Canyon Estates and Homes:
- 8520 Skyline Drive (a.k.a. Skyline Residence): 2007 architectural home. Architect: Hagy Belzberg
- 2544 Greenvalley Road: 1954. Architect: Forrest Theriot
- 8828 Wonderland Park Avenue: 1953 Mid-Century post and beam. Former home of Jason Bateman
- 8917 Wonderland Park Avenue: 1959 Mid-Century post and beam
- 8973 Wonderland Park Avenue: 1957 Mid-Century post and beam. Architect: Philip Kimmelman. Landscape architect: Garrett Eckbo
- 9032 Wonderland Park Avenue: 1957 post and beam architectural home. Architect: Robert Kinnard
- 9038 Wonderland Park Avenue (a.k.a. Bailey House): Case Study House No. 21. Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #669. Architect: Pierre Koenig
- 8763 Wonderland Avenue: Site of the Wonderland Murders involving porn star John Holmes
- 7681 Willow Glen Road: Architects: Harold Bissner & Harold Zook
- 2400 Laurel Canyon Boulevard (Previously numbered 2398 Laurel Canyon Boulevard): Site of a home once owned by Ralf M. Walker, who is said to have rented out his guest house (that is connected to 2435 Laurel Canyon by a now sealed tunnel running under Laurel Canyon Boulevard) at 2435 Laurel Canyon Boulevard to Harry Houdini. Burned in the 1959 Laurel Canyon fire.
- 2435 Laurel Canyon Boulevard: Rumored to be the former home of Harry Houdini. Burned in the 1959 Laurel Canyon fire.
- 2451 Laurel Canyon Boulevard (a.k.a. The Mansion): Home of music producer Rick Rubin, who has recorded albums in the home by artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jay-Z, Marilyn Manson, The Mars Volta, LCD Soundsystem, Maroon 5, Linkin Park, and System of a Down. Former home of Errol Flynn, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, and David Bowie.
- 8181 Willow Glen: Former home of Chris "Drama" Pfaff
- 8840 Lookout Mountain Ave: 1958 mid-century modern architectural home. Photographed by Julius Schulman and published in the Los Angeles Times Home Magazine for its engineering. Architect: Don Polsky, AIA (protege of Richard Neutra)
- 8527 Brier Drive: 1964 Mid-Century Modern architectural home in the post-and-beam style. Architect: Doug Rucker
Laurel Canyon Real Estate
The housing stock in the canyon consists of single family residences, luxury homes, mansions, and estates - especially in the Mount Olympus enclave closer to Mulholland Drive (at the northern border of the district). Condominiums can be found at the base of the canyon, right off Sunset Boulevard where it meets the terminus of Laurel Canyon Boulevard.
Architectural styles here include Regency, Spanish, Mediterranean, Bungalow, Contemporary, Modern, Mid Century Modern, Cottage, Cape Cod, and English Tudor.
Even though the terrain can be quite steep, homes on larger lots are often have backyard pools and tennis courts. No matter the size, decks are common, which make for great stargazing or taking in the city lights across the Los Angeles Basin at night. Residents can keep up with local events, services, and local issues via the Laurel Canyon Association's website.